A resident of Jackson, La. and native of Baton Rouge, La., he passed away peacefully on Wed., May 8, 2013 at La. War Veterans Home at the age of 85. He attended Catholic High School in Baton Rouge and graduated from Jefferson Military School in Washington, Miss. While at Catholic High, he began boxing and later went on to win the Golden Gloves at Madison Square Garden in New York City. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served during World War II as a radioman on a mine sweeper. Later, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during peace time. After being honorably discharged from the military, he attended and graduated from Louisiana College in Pineville, La., where he played football and obtained his degree in physical education. He coached football at Brusly High School, Redemptorist High School in Baton Rouge and Destrehan High School. He was a successful business owner throughout his life. He was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Central, La. and a member of the American Legion. He was preceded in death by his father, Anthony P. Acosta, Sr., of Baton Rouge, and his mother, Margueritte Himel Norwood of Himelaya Plantation in Lafourche Parish. He is survived by his son, Kenny Acosta, and wife, Susan Acosta, of Central, La.; by three daughters, Jayne Bossley of Austin, TX, Meg Johnson, and husband, Jeff Johnson, of Baton Rouge, and Amanda Acosta, of Telluride, Co.; six grandchildren, Kalyca Acosta, Rachel Acosta, Bill "Zeke" Acosta, Pierce Bossley, Noel Johnson and Christian Johnson; several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, all of whom he was very proud and loved immensely. He lived each day of his life to the fullest and brought much joy and laughter to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Thanks to all of the wonderful staff at La. War Veterans Home in Jackson, La., with special appreciation to Mrs. Dawn Giroir, who gave him friendship, love and comfort and was surely his guardian angel here on earth. Visitation will be at Charlet Funeral Home in Zachary, La. on Monday, May 13, from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. service, with burial at the Louisiana National Cemetery in Port Hudson, La. Share sympathies, condolences and memories at www.CharletFuneralHome.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from May 10 to May 13, 2013